I've been hearing various conflicting information on the home buyer's credit. Here are the exact details as published by NAR.  The main two things to note are that the credit is now available for people who already own a home, and you can close as late as July 1st 2010.

The renewed home buyer credit:

  • Extends the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit of up to $8,000 to first-time home buyers until April 30, 2010.
  • Expands the credit to grant up to $6,500 credit to current home owners purchasing a new or existing home between November 7, 2009 and April 30, 2010.
  • Who Qualifies for the Extended Credit?

    • First-time home buyers who purchase homes between November 7, 2009 and April 30, 2010.
    • Current home owners purchasing a home between November 7, 2009 and April 30, 2010, who have used the home being sold or vacated as a principal residence for five consecutive years within the last eight.

    To qualify as a “first-time home buyer” the purchaser or his/her spouse may not have owned a residence during the three years prior to the purchase.

    How Much Is Available?

    The maximum allowable credit for first-time home buyers is $8,000.

    The maximum allowable credit for current homeowners is $6,500.

    How is a Buyer's Credit Amount Determined?

    Each home buyer’s tax credit is determined by tow additional factors:

    1. The price of the home.
    2. The buyer's income.


    Under the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit, credit may only be awarded on homes purchased for $800,000 or less.

    Buyer Income

    Under the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit, which is effective on November 7, 2009,  single buyers with incomes up to $125,000 and married couples with incomes up to $225,000—may receive the maximum tax credit.

    If the Buyer(s)’ Income Exceeds These Limits, Can He/She Still Get a Credit?

    Yes, some buyers may still be eligible for the credit.

    The credit decreases for buyers who earn between $125,000 and $145,000 for single buyers and between $225,000 and $245,000 for home buyers filing jointly. The amount of the tax credit decreases as his/her income approaches the maximum limit. Home buyers earning more than the maximum qualifying income—over $145,000 for singles and over $245,000 for couples are not eligible for the credit.

    Can a Buyer Still Qualify If He/She Closes After April 30, 2010?

    Under the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit, as long as a written binding contract to purchase is in effect on April 30, 2010, the purchaser will have until July 1, 2010 to close.